Monday, May 20, 2013

Slugfest at Coors Field

The Colorado Rockies hosted the San Francisco Giants this weekend for a 4 game series and both teams took advantage of the thin air.  The two teams combined for 50 runs with the Rockies scoring 10 runs in both games 2 and 3.  San Fran scored 8 and 9 runs over games 1 and 2, and were shut out in the series finale on Sunday.  The Rockies won 3 of 4.

Wilin Rosario had 2 hits in each of the first 3 games hitting 2 home runs and driving in 7 and scoring 5 times.  He got the day off on Sunday.

Troy Tulowitzki picked up 8 hits and 5 RBI and now has 39 runs batted in on the season.

Dexter Fowler had a great weekend with 10 hits, and 7 runs.  He was really struggling in May prior to this 4 game stretch so start him with confidence again.

Carlos Gonzalez had a double, his 10th home run and drove in 5 runs while scoring 5 runs and walking 7 times!

Brandon Crawford was the only consistent bat for the Giants with 7 hits and 5 RBI.

Jorge de la Rose beat Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain beat Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Chatwood beat Tim Lincecum and Juan Nicasio beat Barry ZitoRafael Betancourt picked up save #10 and Sergio Romo saved game #13.

The New York Mets took 2 of 3 from the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field.  Daniel Murphy hit his 2nd and 3rd home runs of the season while David Wright hit his 6th.  Anthony Rizzo hit his 10th for the Cubs.  Chicago pitcher Travis Wood also homered.

Matt Harvey (5-0) beat Edwin Jackson (1-6)

The Nationals and Padres unexpectedly played a mini slugfest of their own.  The Nats scored a combined 12 runs over the first two games of a four game series, and the Friars scored 13 runs in the finale.  Stephen Strasburg earned just his second win of the season, going 8 strong and beating Edinson Volquez.  That was Volquez first lose since April 13th.  He won 3 games and had 2 no decisions in between. 

Adam LaRoche may be hitting just .229 but he hit 3 home runs this weekend and drove in 7 RBI.  Ryan Zimmerman hit his 2nd and 3rd home runs of the season and Bryce Harper smacked his 11th. 

Jordan Zimmermann pitched an 8 inning complete game, allowing just 1 earned (2 runs) and lost for just the second time all season.  Eric Stults matched his 8 innings and earned hsi 4 victory of the season. 

Both Rafael Soriano and Huston Street blew the save in the second game, before Drew Storen closed the door.  Street picked up his 10th save the next night.  The two teams split the 4 game set.

The St. Louis Cardinals took 2 of 3 from the Milwaukee Brewers, as the two teams averaged 21 hits per game.  Aramis Ramirez was the only player to hit a home run in the series, and he hit two, in one game, driving 6 runs in the Brewers only win. 

Norichika Aoki entered this weekend with a .307 average and finished with a .333 batting average, after picking up 8 hits in 12 at bats.

Jean Segura picked up 6 hits and now has an NL leading .364 BA.

Jaime Garcia won his 5th game, before being placed on the 15-Day DL with a shoulder injury.  He has won 3 of his last 4 starts but his ERA has ballooned to 3.58 allowing 11 earned runs in his last two starts, in just 11.1 innings.

Rookie John Gast won his second consecutive start for the Cardinals and beat Kyle Lohse who fell to 1-6.  Edward Mujica earned his 13th save and Jim Henderson picked up save #8.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took 2 of 3 from their old NL Central foe, Houston Astros.  Both teams managed just 8 runs and all 3 games were won by a single run.  Jason Grilli saved his 17th game and Jose Veras picked up his 6th.  Pittsburgh beat the Astros bullpen in the series opener scoring 2 in the 8th and a walk off error in the 9th.

Of course, A.J. Burnett started the only game the Pirates lost.  He allowed just a single run to score over 7 innings and left with a lead before Mark Melancon blew it in the 8th.

Matt Dominguez homered for the 'Stros and Andrew McCutchen added his 6th for the Bucs.  Pedro Alvarez hit his 7th and 8th.

The Cincinnati Reds outscored the Philadelphia Phillies 15-8 and lost 2 of the 3 games.  Cincy had a 10-0 victory in game 2, and lost 5-3 and 3-2.  The Reds were in line to win the series and the finale yesterday, but Aroldis Chapman allowed 2 home runs to Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis.  Galvis hit a walk off homer. Kratz came in for Carlos Ruiz, who left with a hamstring injury in the 3rd inning.  Jay Bruce also homered in this one.

Ryan Hannigan hit a 3 run homer and Joey Votto hit a two run bomb in the Reds 10-0 win.  Votto went 4 for 4 and walked twice in that game!  Bronson Arroyo won his 4th game going 7.2 innings.  John Mayberry Jr. went 0 for 4 with 4 strike outs, the golden sombrero!

Jonathon Papelbon picked up his 8th save in a nice pitching matchup that featured Cliff Lee vs Tony Cingrani.  Bruce and Jimmy Rollins homered in this one.  Michael Young was 1 for 1 with a run scored, a triple an RBI and walked 3 times.

The Atlanta Braves swept a 3 game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field.  Paul Maholm was the lone Braves starter to earn a W.  Craig Kimbrel picked up saves 12, 13 and 14, striking out 7 batters in 3 innings.  No starting pitcher on either team allowed more than 2 earned runs. 

Justin Upton wore the golden sombrero on Sunday going 1 for 5 with 4 Ks.  Chris Johnson picked up 5 hits this weekend and is now hitting .342!  They are clearly winning the Justin Upton/Martin Prado trade.

Evan Gattis hit his 8th long ball of the season.

Scott Van Slyke hit two solo home runs on Friday night.

The Diamondbacks took 2 of 3 from the Marlins and together they combined for just 15 runs, even though Arizona scored 9 runs in the opener.  Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez each had 4 hits in that one, with Goldy hitting his 12th double and his 11th and 12th home run, driving in 4 runs and scoring 4 times himself!  Chavez hit his 5th bomb.  Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado each had 3 hits with Parra hitting his 14th double.  Trevor Cahill went 8 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.48 earning his 3rd W.

The next night, Brandon McCarthy pitched a complete game shutout and won his first game as a Diamondback.  Parra's leadoff home run was the only run scored that day.

Ricky Nolasco beat Wade Miley in the finale and Nolasco struck out 11 Dbacks in 8 innings of work.  Marcell Ozuna's 2 RBI would be all the Marlins need.

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